In Delhi’s footsteps
Haryana drafts proposals for eco-friendly colonies
Haryana has drafted proposals for a policy for planned development of low- density, eco- friendly colonies located far away from urbanisable limits. The minimum area requirement for establishing such colonies shall be 100 acres.
“Instead of allowing sporadic development of farmhouses, planned development of colonies with the focus on eco-friendly design principles would be a better option,” the draft says.
The focus of such colonies would be on incorporating the latest know-how of ecologically sensitive design norms and accordingly such cities may be termed as low-density, ecofriendly colonies.
The proposals call for mandatory installation of solar farms for meeting all energy require- ments of the colony through solar energy and establishment of integrated biogas facility aimed at fulfilling energy requirements for cooking gas and a compost plant for utlising biodegradable waste.
The minimum area requirement for setting up such a colony shall be 100 acres, with plot size ranging from one acre to 2.5 acres. Basements shall be per- mitted to the maximum extent of building footprint but water closet and bathrooms shall not be permitted. No swimming pools shall be allowed in any of the plots, says the draft.